21: The Magician King

by Lev Grossman

you can read my review/talk about the Magicians (predecessor to the Magician King)

As per usual, it is a fast paced book and I mean it’s fast. If they wanted to make a movie out of this book it’d be one long movie, or it’d be one normal length-ed movie. I’m not a movie expert so I really have no idea. But, honestly speaking it was very very fast.

We are back in the land of Fillory with our queens and kings, King Q(KW)entin, HIgh King Eliot, Queen Julia and queen Janet. We are later joined by Josh, Penny and a new character, Poppy.

the stories are not focused just on the things that were happening in Fillory but also what was happening (what happened) to Julia, how she was able to find magic, learn magic and all the risks and sacrifices she took to get there. In comparison to the hardship that Quentin went through at Brakebills, hells yeah Julia had a harder time.

Smooth, fluid prose as expected. this book is a lot shorter than The Magicians. Or at least that’s what I felt like. It seemed to me that the font increased in size…

but it was a good thing that the font was big, i was able to not strain my eyes cause i had to read really fast! obviously, the story is fast so you gota move fast with it.

I think the thing that stood out to me the most from this one and the previous one is the fact that this one is written in a more relaxed manner. This is not saying that the first one was stiff, but there was more formality with the first one as compared to The Magician King. There are a lot of nerd/gamer/geek references, lots of math, history, religion, greek mythology, lots of “inside jokes” for those that were well versed in this area. Lots of them I probably didn’t get, a few I did, but not all of them.

the swearing increased 5x fold in this one than the first one. like i said, i think it’s in regards to the more relaxed writing style.

you should definitely go into this book with a good knowledge of the first one, because i don’t think… it’s something that you could easily just GET upon reading the second one.

it’s good though, it’s a very interesting read and it makes you feel smart after. the ending was kind of a cliff hanger only because i think that there would be a third book in this series. probably the last one.

I miss penny (he made a brief cameo), dude lost his hands, also i never get why quentin thought he was arrogant. arrogance is insecurity, it’s a front.

im so glad that i finished this book today (friday) maybe i could catch up on camus and write the entry for The Plague.

I took some notes throughout the reading but there are a ton of quotes if you look up The Magician King on tumblr, so i’ll link you to that instead of typing out the quotes that others have already typed up.

Posted: August 19th, 2011
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